List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Merlot

Learn about Merlot — taste profile, popular regions and more ...

undefined, null

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

Tasting Notes for Merlot

Merlot is a dry, red wine known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. From cool climates, Merlot wines will express earthy and herbal notes, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Food Pairings for Merlot

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity are a hit with pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secrets for Merlot

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

Filter by
26 Items
26 Items
  • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP100
    • JS99
    • WS98
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $1,249.97
    Try the
    1,249 97
    1,249 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
    • WS93
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $79.97
    Try the
    79 97
    79 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • CG96
    • RP94
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $139.97
    Try the
    139 97
    139 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS89
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    24 99
    19 99
    Save $5.00 (20%)
  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
    • WS90
    • WE90
    3.3 10 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $17.79
    Try the
    25
    17 79
    Save $7.21 (29%)
  • Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • WS95
    • RP92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    69 99
    69 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS89
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $14.29
    Try the
    16
    14 28
    Save $1.71 (11%)
  • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $16.29
    Try the
    16 28
    16 28
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $22.99
    Try the
    22 99
    22 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
    • WS90
    • WE90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $14.97
    Try the
    19 99
    14 97
    Save $5.02 (25%)
  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $29.99
    Try the
    39 99
    29 99
    Save $10.00 (25%)
  • Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $22.99
    Try the
    22 99
    22 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP89
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.79
    Try the
    22
    19 79
    Save $2.21 (10%)
  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • W&S89
    • WS88
    3.9 8 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $13.99
    Try the
    13 99
    13 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
    • RP92
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $29.99
    Try the
    65
    29 99
    Save $35.01 (54%)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $29.99
    Try the
    29 99
    29 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    24 99
    19 99
    Save $5.00 (20%)
  • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.49
    Try the
    22
    19 49
    Save $2.51 (11%)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP89
    • WE89
    • WS88
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $29.99
    Try the
    29 99
    29 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Selene Frediani Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Selene Frediani Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $32.99
    Try the
    32 99
    32 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Pedestal Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • CG96
    • RP94
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $44.99
    Try the
    58 99
    44 99
    Save $14.00 (24%)
  • Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • WS96
    • RP95
    • WE95
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $279.00
    Try the
    399
    279
    Save $120.00 (30%)
  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WS89
    • WE88
    • RP87
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $25.99
    Try the
    33 99
    25 99
    Save $8.00 (24%)
  • Petrolo Galatrona 2006  Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • WS96
    • RP95
    • WE95
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $129.97
    Try the
    129 97
    129 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP99
    • JS99
    • WS98
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $1,439.00
    Try the
    1,439
    1,439
    Save $0.00 (0%)
Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now
Cheers to You!

Ends Tonight! FREE SHIPPING on $49*. Code SNOWY49

Ends Tonight! FREE SHIPPING on $49*. Code SNOWY49

There was an error redeeming your code.

*Order must be placed by 12/4/2020. Applies to standard shipping only. Order must be at least $49 excluding shipping and tax. Expedited shipping options may require an additional charge. Not applicable to Hawaii and Alaska orders. A standard shipping charge will appear at checkout but the promo code will credit an amount back so that you pay 1 cent for shipping. Promotion does not apply to corporate orders. Not valid on Bordeaux Futures. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...